Challenger Aviation Products, Inc. was
established in 1999 by Chuck Rocco and his family for the purpose of
developing a line of high quality aircraft air filters using K & N
filter media. Challenger air filters are manufactured under FAA/PMA
certification and have been certified for many popular aircraft.
More and more aircraft are being approved every month.
was no stranger to the aviation industry. His career began in 1963
with training in the US Air Force in Aircraft Maintenance. Upon his
release from the Air Force, Chuck began working in Sales for
Goodyear. Through the years Chuck worked for most of the major
aviation companies, including Goodyear, BF Goodrich, Midland Ross -
Grimes Division, Porsche Aviation, Hartzell Propeller, and McCauley
Propeller Systems. His experience centered on Marketing and Sales
while helping to develop many new and popular products, like
McCauley's Blackmac propeller line.
Eventually Chuck broke
free from the corporate world, owning and operating his own aircraft
propeller overhaul and repair facility for a number of years.
Realizing that helping the general aviation pilot have a more
successful flight experience was his true calling; he retired from
the repair business and started Challenger Aviation Products. Chuck
dedicated his time to developing quality products that enhance the
performance of most general aviation aircraft. Quality filtration is
just the beginning of what Challenger plans to bring GA pilots in
the future. Combined with his experience, Chuck's ingenuity
continues to lead general aviation into a new generation of products
that improve your quality of flight.
As Chuck's wife, Linda
Rocco has been a part of the aviation industry for quite a while
after spending many years in the medical field. Linda was the Vice
President of Business Development. Linda assisted Chuck with
certification of new products and currently volunteers time with
Challenger's everyday business including marketing and sales and
Chuck's oldest daughter, Susan
Rocco, started in the business shortly after graduating
from college in 1991, handling the accounting aspects for the repair
business. She is now CFO and Co-Owner of Challenger Aviation and
manages all financial and administrative processes for the company.
After studying communications in college,
Chuck's youngest daughter, Heather Rocco-Geissler started working in
the repair business handling purchasing and inventory control.
Heather is now the CEO and Co-Owner of Challenger. She oversees the
operations of the business which includes production.